From the foks that brought you Real-World Theatre Education
"Whether an educator is just beginning or needs a refresher course, this book is a valuable asset, providing an overview of safety protocols, equipment, systems, lesson plans and insightful tips. With the practical (and often humorous) voice of experience, Rome helps theatre educators plan and prepare technical theatre projects, and avoid crucial errors. I wish this had been available when I first started teaching!" - Zoe Dillard, Real-World Theatre Education
Teaching Tech You Never Learned
All the Basics
8 months of hands-on learning backstage skills
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Welcome to Teaching Tech You Never Learned
Are you ready for 190 days of learning?
From the co-author of Real-World Theatre Education, this is a new techncal theatre curriculum. Fast, thorough, easy, and affordable.
Teaching Tech You Never Learned is a 9 unit curriculum designed to introduce theatre students to a variety of technical skills in a fun and exciting way. This program is project-based, hands-on, and most can be done at home. School year already begun? Teaching Tech is “evergreen” so you can start this program at any point in the year!
What classes is Teaching Tech You Never Learned designed for?
Teaching Tech is designed for adding tech into a Theatre Arts 1 class. The program is incredibly open-ended and full of opportunities to adjust the level of activities to meet the needs of your specific class.
Saddled with a combined Acting-Tech class? The book has a curriculum for handling that, too.
There are also sections for a regular Tech Theatre class and for enhancing your theatre productions as well.
What is Teaching Tech... ?
It’s a curriculum workbook built on simple, engaging, and activity-based learning. Each unit includes basic background information, terms, projects and a grading rubric, so it’s a 100+ page workbook with a full year of activities.
Plus, you can teach these weekly, in a semester or all year-long. Got actors and techies mixed together? There's a plan included for just such a combo curriculum. And for a regular tech class, there are advanced projects, too. Finally, you'll get valuable information for enhancing your theatre productions as well.
Here’s a look at the skills your students will be able to work with:
Theatre Arts is so much more than just learning acting and theatre history. It’s about building "context" knowledge of key skills and information that will help round out your students' knowledge of what it takes to make theatre. These topics introduce your students to so many important and new skills and concepts, ones they may not have had exposure to yet. You may have future IATSE members right under your nose!
Table of Contents
Theatre Basics and Safety
Teaching tech if you're not a techie
Theatre Arts 1 Tech Theatre Information and Lessons
Getting Started – Putting the frog in the pot
Year-at-a-Glance Overview – Weekly session version
Year-at-a-Glance Overview – Four quarter version
Old age makeup demo
Student design work and Practicum
Review sheet and quiz
Purpose and Components
Types of microphones & accessories
Sound board operation and quiz/answer key
Parts and Types of lights
Lighting system and Basic Lighting Design
Lighting Design Practicum
Review sheet and quiz
Set Design Model
Information Scavenger Hunt
Information Scavenger Hunt
Running Crew Relay Race
Technical Theatre 1-4
Sample Syllabus for Technical Theatre 1-4
Stage Lighting Equipment Practicum
Acting-Tech Combination Class Lessons
ADDIE process and Q-CARD rubric
Actors/Techies’ Script Analysis
Auditioning/Publicity and Marketing
Acting/Designing for different stage spaces
Upgrading the Tech in Your Shows
Raising the tech bar
Delegation and leadership
Accountability and planning
Tech Equipment, Tips and Tricks
"This is a nuts and bolts handbook that will walk an educator through the academic year, preparing them for both curricular and extra-curricular demands. It's more than just a checklist. It is a reality check in the best possible way: an honest, thorough guide to growig a successful theatre education program." - Mary Lechter, Head of Theatre Education, George Mson University
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